a rest equal in time value to a quarter note.
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Origin of quarter rest
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for quarter rest
This left the first third of the measure vacant; and the Composer, interrogated, directed the insertion of a quarter-rest.The Shadow World|Hamlin Garland